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C-Elementary Science –MSUpdate – August 2012

Wayne FisherElementary Science Specialistw.fisher@cms.k12.nc.us980 343 0621


“ My mission is to help teachers be better teachers, students better students, schools better schools, and the world a better place.”Wayne Fisher, Elementary Science Specialist


What is the most important thing about elementary science?

  • Academic Vocabulary?

  • Reading and Writing in Science?

  • Hands-on experiments?

  • Aligning Activities to Objectives?

  • Formative and Summative Assessments?

  • 5th Grade EOG Scores?


The Answer Is ……

None of the above!


The most important thing about elementary science is ….

Excitement!


  • The wrong question according to Mike Mathos is …

    How do we raise test scores?


  • The right question is according to Wayne Fisher is …..

    How do we excite students about learning? …. and learning elementary science in particular.


Let’s take a look at EOG scores for the old Standard Course of Study.

That exercise will give us a clue as to how to excite students about science.


Growth of EOG Scores

  • 2007-200839.6 %baseline

  • 2008-200959.9 %

  • 2009-201068.3 %

  • 2010-201173.0 %

  • 2011-2012 75.0 %

  • New Baseline for Essential Standard in 2012-2013


What made a difference in growth of EOG scores?

Focus on Best Practices

  • A challenging and rigorous curriculum

  • Reading and writing in science

  • Inquiry based learning – science labs

  • Innovative use of technology – Discovery Ed

  • Formative and summative assessments


Specific STEM Initiatives

  • Make time for science! 3 x 45 minutes minimum

  • Professional Development focused on building content knowledge and pedagogy.

    • SITE Science K-2

    • SITE Science 3-5

    • NASA STEM Educators’ Workshop

    • UNCC K-12 STEM Conference (January 3rd, 2013)

    • 5th Grade Science Conference

    • STEM Institute for Elementary Science


Get Students Excited!

  • Science Olympiad, It’s Elementary! 12-20-28

  • Camp Invention! 4-17-24-44-47-42

  • Engineering Is Elementary! 3-8-14-20-35-40

  • Science Labs 6-14-22-30-40

  • STEMpalooza! -- LegoRobotics0-5-15-18

  • Science/Engineering Fairs 10-16-26-30-40

  • STEM Days/Nights at School 0-3-12-15


District-Wide Support

  • Sharing Information

    • Elementary Science Listserves K/2, 2/3, 4/5

      • http://www.cms.k12.nc.us/cmsdepartments/ci/mathandscience/Pages/Listserv.aspx

    • Elementary Science Wiki

      • http://elementaryscience.cmswiki.wikispaces.net/

        You will have a chance to sign up for the Science Listserve and/or the Science Wiki in your breakout session!


Elementary Science Alliance for 2012-2013

  • Purpose: Provide opportunities for grade level teachers to meet to share ideas to excite students about science.

  • When: 3rd Tuesday of each month9/18, 10/16, 11/20, 12/18, 1/15, 2/19, 3/19, 4/163:15-4:45 3:45-5:15 4:15-5:45 4:45-6:15

  • Where: Various schools throughout CMS

  • Who: Grade level teachers and host teachers


Do you have high expectations for yourself?

Do you have high expectations for your students?

What do high expectations look, sound, and feel like?


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